Okay, so last week worship was on my mind so I wrote about it in Psalm 18. Now we come to Psalm 19, which is all about worship. Psalm 19 is one of my favorite Psalms.
Go read it.
Psalm 19:1-6 praises God for things in creation – the heavens, the rising sun. This is something I suspect we modern, scientifically minded people have trouble with. We understand the universe, from gravity to atoms, in a way the ancients did not. At the same time, this does not need to take away from celebrating God. If anything, knowing how some of these things work can lead us to praise God even more, as we see God’s beautiful design in creation.
Psalm 19:7-13 praises God for the law, God’s revelation to humanity. Historically Christians have understood God’s revelation in two ways – general and special. General revelation is revelation to everyone, the way we may see God in creation (such as spoken of in verses 1-6). Special revelation is when God speaks to individual persons (such as the Psalmist) and from that, in the Bible. We can celebrate God for speaking to us throughout scripture.
Of course, as Christians we believe God’s clearest word to us is not Psalm 19 or the Bible, but the person of Jesus. Our goal is to be Christlike, not Biblical (though if we learn to be Christlike, then we will be whatever Biblical really ought to mean!).
Spend time this weekend meditating on the words of scripture and the revelation of Jesus:
May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.(Psalm 19:14)
**I recently began sending the students in CSF a brief reflection on a Psalm each Friday. My hope is that it will provide them with some motivation to read scripture. I have enjoyed meditating on the Psalms, and I look forward to taking the next few years to get through them all! I decided it might be worthwhile to post the weekly devos here, so if you happen to read this, I pray it is helpful. Enjoy.